The revised National Ethical Standards

We are proud to launch the new Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement.

Early in 2020, the Ministry of Health Ethics team and NEAC hosted training days for researchers and users of the revised Standards in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Training covered many new and important changes from the previous ethical Guidelines – topics included:

  • scope of the Standards
  • research involving Māori
  • research involving Pacific people
  • vulnerable participants
  • ethical research design and conduct
  • health data (storage, linking, AI)
  • human tissue
  • biobanks
  • stem cell and genetics research
  • study insurance and ACC
  • quality improvement activities.

View the slides from the training days (PDF, 5.6 MB)

Public consultation: Ethical Framework for Resource Allocation During Times of Scarcity

NEAC have developed a draft Ethical Framework for Resource Allocation During Times of Scarcity. This consultation has now closed. Find out more.


Ethical review information and advice

For information and advice on the ethical review of studies by a Health and Disability Ethics Committee, including a copy of the application form, please visit the Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs) website.